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Nash by Jay Crownover Reviewed

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Will their past determine their future? Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down . . . and now he’s trying to do it again. Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense. When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?

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No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt

“10 minutes.”  That is all it took for Nash to make me fall head over heels in love with him.  I would love to explain what the ten minute reference means but trust me you’ll be so glad I let you discover it for yourself. (Snicker, snicker.)

Nash is the fourth book in the Marked Men Series.  One of my good friends recommended Rule, book 1, as a MUST READ because she knows of my love for hot, tattooed, pierced book boyfriends.  Boy does she know me!  I read Rule, Jet, Rome, and now Nash.

I don’t know what it is lately but I feel like the universe is trying to tell me something through the books that I read.  Saint Ford is the female lead character and grew up with Nash, Jet and Rule.  In High school she was, “painfully shy, overweight, and awkward in her own skin, skin that tended toward ugly breakouts and flushed bright read whenever anyone tried to engage (her) in conversation.”  A series of events, harsh words, and disappointments from men in her life leave her with heartbreak, pain and lack of self-esteem, which has her choosing to live her life with the philosophy, “People could only hurt you and disappoint you if you let them. They only had the power to hurt you if you thought they were special and above that.”

Years later, fate steps in and puts her destiny back on a collision course with Nash Donovan. Saint sees him as, “a beautiful, wicked, and hot flame that burned (her) when (she) got to close.” Her attraction to Nash radiates off the page but I could also feel the pain and anguish of her internal struggle to protect herself from being consumed by it.  I could totally relate her issues and the choices she made to focus on career, helping others and putting her own needs on the back burner.  Her self-esteem issues hit to close for comfort and the proverbial mirror was put in front of my face as I read her internal thoughts about herself.  I too struggle with loving myself when everyone around me tells me they love me.  I LOVED how Nash never gave up on showing her how beautiful she is to him inside and out.  For all his external warnings with the tattoos, piercings and large stature that people would tend to shy away from, his character only drew me closer.  He really is a GOOD guy and a beautiful human being.  (Sigh)

This book is my favorite of the series.  I always reserved a place in my heart for Nash while reading the other books but he has now filled it to capacity.  He is has the bad boy exterior but filled with the thoughtful, tender and wildly sensual, good guy interior. He has the makings of the perfect book boyfriend.

The characters are realistic and storyline is emotionally dynamic.  I shed good and bad tears throughout their story.  The gang is all here from the previous books and a few new ones have been added to the mix.  They don’t overshadow the main characters but add a helping hand to keep the story moving forward seamlessly.  The Author’s style of writing isn’t all dialogue driven.  It’s written in a way that you not only see in your head but feel as well.  I was completely invested in the outcome of Saint and Nash’s relationship because I was Saint in this scenario.  The words I have longed to be said, he said to me through Saint’s character but this time I HEARD them.

I highly recommend reading this series in order so that you don’t miss a moment of these Marked Men.  Now, go read Nash for yourself!

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The Marked Men Series:

Rule (book1): Barnes and Nobles | Kobo | iTunes | Goodreads

Jet (book 2): Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBOOKS | Goodreads

Rome (book 3): Barnes and Noble | iBOOKS | Indie Bound | Goodreads

Nash (book 4): Barnes and Noble | iBOOKS | Indie Bound | Books A Million | Goodreads

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Author Bio:

I'm supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I'm an natural redhead even though I haven't seen my real hair color in years, I'm a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I've been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that. I love to write, love to read and all I'm interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.

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